ABC News and Bias

by Christopher Harper | October 30th, 2018

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ABC News and Bias

More than 200 for­mer jour­nal­ists — many of them for­mer col­leagues at ABC News — have con­demned Pres­i­dent Trump for his “un-​American” attacks on the media.

I wasn’t one of the signers.

I know many of the peo­ple involved — some of whom I con­sid­ered friends. Some of them I don’t know. Oth­ers I didn’t like, and they didn’t like me. One called me “dumb as a boul­der” when I ques­tioned lib­eral atti­tudes in columns I wrote for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

More impor­tant, the let­ter calls into ques­tion the impar­tial­ity of these jour­nal­ists when they were work­ing in the media. See https://​the​hill​.com/​h​o​m​e​n​e​w​s​/​m​e​d​i​a​/​413090​-​h​u​n​d​r​e​d​s​-​o​f​-​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​i​s​t​s​-​s​i​g​n​-​l​e​t​t​e​r​-​c​o​n​d​e​m​n​i​n​g​-​t​r​u​m​p​s​-​a​t​t​a​c​k​s​-​o​n​-​t​h​e​-​press

As one for­mer ABC News exec­u­tive, who didn’t add his name to the list, told me: “It shows that once most jour­nal­ists retire, their pre­vi­ous polit­i­cal lean­ings become an avalanche of Demo­c­ra­tic activism.”

Dur­ing 15 years at ABC as head of bureaus in the Mid­dle East and Europe and as a 2020 pro­ducer, I remem­ber sev­eral times I was attacked for quot­ing con­ser­v­a­tives in sto­ries. I didn’t per­sist in call­ing out my col­leagues for their lib­eral views, but I should have. Maybe that’s because I knew I would face retaliation.

The let­ter ties Trump’s state­ments to the spate of explo­sive devices sent to var­i­ous polit­i­cal fig­ures. I thought that reporters were sup­posed to deal in facts. Is there any evi­dence to sup­port an actual con­nec­tion between Trump and the bombs other than the wingnut voted for him?

What’s also trou­bling about the let­ter is that the back­ground of the leader of the group received lit­tle scrutiny in press reports.

Orga­nizer Mered­ith Wheeler is a dyed-​in-​the-​wool left­ist who worked for var­i­ous Demo­c­rat cam­paigns, includ­ing that of Pres­i­dent Obama. I didn’t know her until she started attack­ing me about var­i­ous posi­tions I held.

I found absolutely no men­tion of her polit­i­cal activism in any of the arti­cles. That’s shoddy report­ing. I guess that due dili­gence didn’t fit the meme.

Remem­ber that say­ing about those in glass houses should not throw stones? Since lib­eral bias was ram­pant at ABC News dur­ing my 15 years there, isn’t it worth­while to look at the media’s own prob­lems, too?

More than 200 former journalists—many of them former colleagues at ABC News—have condemned President Trump for his “un-American” attacks on the media.

I wasn’t one of the signers.

I know many of the people involved—some of whom I considered friends. Some of them I don’t know. Others I didn’t like, and they didn’t like me. One called me “dumb as a boulder” when I questioned liberal attitudes in columns I wrote for The Washington Times.

More important, the letter calls into question the impartiality of these journalists when they were working in the media. See https://thehill.com/homenews/media/413090-hundreds-of-journalists-sign-letter-condemning-trumps-attacks-on-the-press

As one former ABC News executive, who didn’t add his name to the list, told me: “It shows that once most journalists retire, their previous political leanings become an avalanche of Democratic activism.”

During 15 years at ABC as head of bureaus in the Middle East and Europe and as a 20/20 producer, I remember several times I was attacked for quoting conservatives in stories. I didn’t persist in calling out my colleagues for their liberal views, but I should have. Maybe that’s because I knew I would face retaliation.

The letter ties Trump’s statements to the spate of explosive devices sent to various political figures. I thought that reporters were supposed to deal in facts. Is there any evidence to support an actual connection between Trump and the bombs other than the wingnut voted for him?

What’s also troubling about the letter is that the background of the leader of the group received little scrutiny in press reports.

Organizer Meredith Wheeler is a dyed-in-the-wool leftist who worked for various Democrat campaigns, including that of President Obama. I didn’t know her until she started attacking me about various positions I held.

I found absolutely no mention of her political activism in any of the articles. That’s shoddy reporting. I guess that due diligence didn’t fit the meme.

Remember that saying about those in glass houses should not throw stones? Since liberal bias was rampant at ABC News during my 15 years there, isn’t it worthwhile to look at the media’s own problems, too?

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